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Priscilla Alvarez

Priscilla Alvarez Priscilla Alvarez is a fellow for National Journal. Previously she was a correspondent for USA TODAY College, where she covered a variety of topics with a focus on college students. Her work has also appeared in the Washingtonian and Leesburg Today, a community newspaper in Northern Virginia.Priscilla studied at Virginia Tech, where she also served as editor-in-chief of the student-run, daily newspaper, Collegiate Times.
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John Kerry on Restoring Relations With Cuba: 'Nothing is More Futile Than Trying to Live in the Past'

July 21, 2015 The U.S. and Cuba reopened their embassies in Havana and Washington on Monday, marking a new chapter in diplomatic relations. Secretary of State John Kerry called it a "historic day" during a joint news conference with Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez in Washington. It is the first visit of a...

Obama Offers a Forceful Defense of the Iran Deal

July 15, 2015 This is it: President Obama's moment to defend what may become the most lasting and consequential foreign policy decision of his tenure. "Yesterday was a historic day," the president said during a lengthy press conference Wednesday, where he took many questions. "With this deal, we cut off every single one...

Obama: Argument for Rejecting Iran Deal 'Defies Logic'

July 15, 2015 This is it: President Obama's moment to defend what may become the most lasting and consequential foreign policy decision of his tenure. "Yesterday was a historic day," the president said at a press conference Wednesday. "With this deal, we cut off every single one of Iran's pathways to a nuclear...

Administration Pushes Its Islamic State Strategy on a Skeptical Congress

July 7, 2015 President Obama is placing pressure on Congress to help pursue his plan for the U.S. mission to fight the Islamic State—sending top defense officials to testify before a Senate panel Tuesday to make the administration's case. But lawmakers are still hesitant about the president's strategy. A day after the president...

South Carolina State Senate Votes to Remove the Confederate Flag

July 6, 2015 After a tragic shooting at a Charleston church, the South Carolina state Senate voted to remove the Confederate flag, which some lawmakers say symbolizes the motivationbehind the crime, from the statehouse grounds. Lawmakers voted 37-3 to take down the flag, although a third reading is still needed. Following the shooting...

Interior Is the 'National Geographic' of Instagram

June 22, 2015 Like seemingly everyone else these days, the U.S. Interior Department is on Instagram. At first glance, a federal agency might not seem like one to have a robust presence on the photo-sharing app. But the Interior Department, which manages the country's federal lands, has access to photos posted by employees...

Obama on Charleston: 'I've Had to Make Statements Like This Too Many Times'

June 18, 2015 Once again, President Obama addresses a nation in mourning. Wednesday night, a lone gunman opened fire in a historic African-American church in Charleston, South Carolina, killing nine. Police are investigating the shooting as a hate crime. The suspect, a 21-year-old white male, has appeared in photographs wearing pro-apartheid paraphernalia. He...

How Many Social-Media Accounts Does It Take to Run for President?

June 12, 2015 Websites are so early 2000s. These days, if you want to broadcast a campaign message, Instagram is the way to go. Engaging voters on social media has become a no-brainer for presidential campaigns. In 2008, the Obama campaign used it with an intensity unseen in politics before, employing 15 different...

White House Responds to Huge Hack of Federal Employee Data

June 5, 2015 Computer hacks that expose the personal information of about four million people are, objectively, pretty bad. The White House knows this, and said Friday that officials are investigating a breach that was revealed this week. The risk to computers posed by hackers, however, is "not news," White House Press Secretary...

Obama Awards Two WWI Vets with Medal of Honor

June 2, 2015 President Obama posthumously awarded two Medals of Honor Tuesday to Pvt. Henry Johnson and Sgt. William Shemin of the Army—nearly a century after the two served in World War I. "Today, America honors two of her sons that served in World War I nearly a century ago," said President Obama...